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Nino Giarratano

Head Coach of the University of San Francisco Dons baseball team

Nino Giarratano has had unprecedented success over the past 20 years as Head Coach of the University of San Francisco Dons baseball team. Giarratano has been the West Coast Conference Coach of the Year on three occasions and has led USF to two WCC championships, three postseason appearances and the most wins in programme history (531 and counting).

Almost 50 of Giarratano’s players have been named to the All-WCC First Team, and numerous Dons have been drafted by Major League Baseball teams, including right-handed pitcher Kyle Zimmer, who was selected fifth overall by the Kansas City Royals following the 2012 college season.

Under Giarrantano’s leadership, the Diamond Dons have won at least 25 games every year since 2003, including five seasons where they finished with 30 wins or more.

In addition to a focus on player development, Giarratano has also had a strong focus on his players’ academic performance.  His 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009 squads set a record by having four players selected to the WCC All-Academic Team, and this was eclipsed in 2014 when the team set a new record by having six players who achieved that honour.

Before coming to USF, Giarratano spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Arizona State, where he served as the hitting instructor, offensive coordinator and third base coach.  In his final season with the Sun Devils, Arizona State reached the 1998 College World Series Championship game behind a staggering offense.  The team hit .318 with 557 runs on 723 base hits, including 57 home runs in addition to 120 stolen bases.

Much of Giarratano’s early experience was gained while coaching at the junior college level, where he quickly became successful.  He was named Collegiate Baseball’s National Junior College Coach of the Year three times while at Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado from 1989 to 1994, where he led the team to five College World Series appearances and achieved a 233-86 (.730) mark in his six seasons.

Giarratano is a 1985 graduate of William Jewell College, with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.  He later earned his master’s degree in secondary administration from Adams State University.  He lives in San Francisco with his wife Brenda.  His daughter Bianca is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and his son, Nico, was drafted in the 24th round of the 2017 MLB draft to the San Francisco Giants.

Mark Smith

Softball Canada High-Performance Director
Canadian Women National Team Coach
Member of both the Softball Canada and International Softball Congress Halls of Fame

Mark Smith took over the Canadian Women’s National Team programme in 2009, and has led the team to bronze medal finishes at the WBSC Women’s World Championship in 2010 and 2016 and to a gold medal at the 2015 Pan-American Games.

Earlier, Smith was a world-class men’s fastpitch pitcher, with a Hall of Fame playing career with the Canadian Men’s National Fastpitch Team that ran from 1979-1996, after which he coached in the Canadia Junior and Senior National Men’s Team programmes from 2000-2009. 

As a player, Smith was named to the All-World Team a record five times, and he has been inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame, the Softball Canada Hall of Fame (in 1999) and the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame (in 2004).

Apart from his keynote speech at the Coach Summit, Smith will run workshops on hitting and on Programme Development/Building a Programme, and on Sunday 28 January, he will lead a hitting clinic for High Performance Academy players.

More speakers for the Coach Summit 2018 will be announced soon.

Previous speakers - Coach Summit 2017

Cindy Bristow

Cindy Bristow Softball ESPN ISF USAFounder of Softball Excellence
International Softball Federation Director of Development
USA Softball Director of National Teams
Colour Analyst for ESPN



Pat Doyle

Pat Doyle Baseball Coach Sumiit 2017 MLB San Joaquin Delta College Mustangs

Former Major League Baseball Consultant & Co-ordinator of the MLB Envoy Coach Programme
Director & Development Consultant at Play-Global!
International coach including Great Britain and Team USA
Former Head Coach, San Joaquin Delta College



Steve Shortland

Steve Shortland Team USA Slowpitch Softball Head Coach BSUK Coach Summit 2017

Team USA Slowpitch Head Coach (2009 - present)
All-Air Force Men's Team Head Coach
10-time All-Armed Forces Men’s Team Head Coach




Dave Turgeon

Dave Turgeon

Instruction Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Former Assistant Field Coordinator/Assistant Pitching Coach with the Pirates
Former Minor League Manager with the Pirates and Cleveland Indians
Eight years Division 1 College coaching experience
Drafted by the New York Yankees in 1987





Jessica Moore

Jessicsa Moore University of South Florida Softball

Assistant Coach – University of South Florida Bulls
Team USA Pitcher
2 x World Cup of Softball Winner
NCAA Women’s College World Series Finalist



Previous keynote speaker - Coach Summit 2016

Brian Cain

 brian=Brian Cain has dedicated his life to studying, modelling, and teaching the peak performance strategies of the most successful people in the world. Having served as the Mental Conditioning Coach for World, Olympic, National and State Champions, Cain has discovered what works and what doesn’t in the competitive arena so that you can speed up your learning curve and maximise your performance.

A former high school standout in baseball, football and basketball, Cain was an NCAA Division 1 baseball player at The University of Vermont before going on to earn a Masters Degree in Applied Sport Psychology and also coaching baseball at Cal State Fullerton, the 2004 NCAA College Baseball National Champions.

As a coach of champions, Cain’s client list is impressive. Over 400 of his clients have gone on to get drafted into Major League Baseball, including over 25 in the first round. He has helped train top picks in the NFL, NHL and NBA drafts. In addition, he has worked closely in the corner of five Ultimate Fighting Championship World Champions, including UFC Superstar Georges St. Pierre, numerous Major League Baseball All-Stars, The Washington Nationals Organisation and Team USA Baseball.

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